Hans de Kort (NL, 1963), frontrunner in digital photography, rediscoverer of wet plate-photography. Being averted to the perfect, manipulated digital photography he returns to the old craftsmanship. Each plate is truly unique.
He gets passionate by the beauty of imperfection. The manual process – the long exposure time, the development in the darkroom -, the composition and the art of omission require technique, concentration and creativity. The choice of his projects and all the people portrayed who are photographed without any finery, shine with their shortcomings and accentuate the love for imperfection. All frills are taboo. This way his impressive portraits and studies communicate directly with the audience.
His first introduction to photography as a 4-year-old in the darkroom was the beginning of a lifelong fascination for the art form ‘painting with light’. The wet plate-technique is a logical continuation of his love for the polaroid photography which emerged during his education. The results are his timeless collodion series. Every plate with an authentic signature.